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January 20, 2015

Blues and Rhythm Show 165 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, January 20th, (1:00-2:30 pm)

A few weeks ago we undertook to present a feature on field recordings collected by George Mitchell. Mitchell was 17 when he began to seek out bluesmen in Memphis on Christmas break 1961. The following year he began making recordings. The figures he pursued at first were artists who had made recordings in the twenties and thirties. At some point in the sixties Mitchell formed the idea of pursuing performers who hadn’t made records before. There were precedents but not many people were doing it and Mitchell seems to have approached the task with an open mind. No one else recorded female blues guitar players in the sixties.  Much of his search for music was done on his own and apart from his paid employment but in later years he held positions with folklore institutions that tied in well with the work of finding traditional singers and players. As well as recording local performers he arranged appearances for those who were interested in playing for audiences. Most of his activity was in Mississippi and Georgia.

It seems as though George Mitchell was not engaged in debate about the significance of the music he found. He found living music but music that was living in small communities. It was traditional music, distant from the popular music of the day. Some of the practitioners had given it up but they consented to play for him. Some practiced to be ready to record. A few performers he found became known to national and international blues audiences. R.L. Burnside was one. Precious Bryant was another.

We’re playing a small selection of the recordings Mitchell made. The recordings show the creativity of local blues players but also the backward gaze of most of these traditional performers.

On the Show:

Professor Longhair – Corey Lueck & the Smiokewagon Blues Band – Downchild Blues Band – Carolina Chocolate Drops & Joe Thompson – Teddy Williams – Precious Bryant – Cecil Barfield – Robert “Nighthawk” Johnson – Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings – Big Jay McNeely –  and others

Listen to the program at FM 93.3 in Hamilton or on CFMU online at cfmu.msu.mcmaster.ca. The program will be available to stream or as a podcast until February 18th

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To reach us with comments or queries, write us at sweartotellthetruth@gmail.com.

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Next week (January 27h)

Not yet determined.

cmc

April 9, 2014

Blues and Rhythm Show 126 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, April 8, 2014 (1:00-2:30 pm)

No special theme on this week’s program. R&B, blues, gospel, soul and a bit of rockabilly in the mix. We draw from some new reissues documenting early King label blues and gospel and a couple of anthologies of rare gospel singles. We also mark the reissue after several decades of one of the great albums of the blues revival. 

On the Show:

Johnny Otis Orchestra – Blind Lemon Jefferson – Carl Perkins – Little Willie Littlefield – Detroit Count – McKenna Mendelson Mainline – Robert Wilkins – Thelma Bumpess – Nightingales – Alamagordo Spiritual Aires –  Sharon Jones & the Dap-KIngs

Listen to the program at FM 93.3 in Hamilton or on CFMU online at cfmu.mcmaster.ca. The program will be available to stream or as a podcast until May 5th.

Contact Us

To reach us with comments or queries, write us at sweartotellthetruth@gmail.com.

You can also follow the program at sweartotellthetruth@nosignifying on Twitter.

Next week (April 8th)

Show is not yet planned. Check the blogsite closer to the date.

cmc

January 13, 2014

Blues and Rhythm Show 114 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, January 14, 2014 (1:00-2:30 pm)

We said on air this week’s show would be a grab-bag and so it is. Some R&B recorded between 1950 and 1959, including tracks from  the under-estimated Derby label; some 1950s Chicago blues especially for those who think we don’t play enough; a few live soul recordings. We try to bring you the essential tracks as well as the stuff you are unlikely to hear on other shows and, in spite of our haste in putting this program together, we think it qualifies.

On the Show:

The Majors – Eunice Davis – Titus Turner – Big Jay McNeely – Snooky Pryor – J.B. Hutto – Willie Mabon – Geno Washington – Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings – Mel Brown – and others

Listen to the program at FM 93.3 in Hamilton or on CFMU online at cfmu.mcmaster.ca. The program will be available to stream or as a podcast until February 10th.

Contact Us

To reach us with comments or queries, write us at sweartotellthetruth@gmail.com.

You can also follow the program at sweartotellthetruth@nosignifying on Twitter.

Next week (January 21st)

Haven’t had time to figure out next week’s show. We’ll try to provide some advance notice.

cmc

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